How to Fly a Drone: Take-off and Landing
Just bought your new drone? Well congratulations! Your new drone comes with a whole host of exciting features and capabilities but there are several questions you may have before your first recreational flight – and with our new How to Fly a Drone Series for novice drone pilots, we’ll hopefully be able to answer most of them.
Following Part 1, you should now have a decent understanding of the basics of your drone’s controls and be ready to get your drone in the air. But before you take this exciting step, it’s extremely important to ensure safety is paramount by adhering to the following:
- Using a safety app such as NATS Drone Assist, ensure you are in a safe to fly zone and are not encroaching on any restricted areas or No Fly Zones.
- Complete your aircraft safety checks including checking that all parts of your aircraft are secure.
- Keep at a safe distance from people and properties (150ft/50m), and crowds and built up areas (500ft/150m) and don’t overfly. It’s against the law to fly your drone over 400ft/120m.
- Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields. It is against the law to fly your drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary.
- Always keep your drone in sight, so you can see and avoid other things while flying.
Once you’re in an open space and keeping the legal distances from people and properties, you can set your drone down in its take-off and landing area. It’s advised for you, the pilot, to keep a safe distance (at least 5-10 metres) from your aircraft during take-off and landing.
To get your drone in the air – all you need is your controller’s throttle. Simply push the throttle (left stick) up very slowly to get the propellers moving.
Once they are in motion, stop and repeat this several times until you’re comfortable with the throttle’s sensitivity.
Once you’ve taken off in full power, keep the drone well above head height and check all the controls respond as expected and look for any imbalances for irregularities. This is known as a flight control check .
From there; pitch, roll and yaw to test control the drone’s response and sensitivity. Once you’re happy you should be good to proceed with your flight.
When it comes to landing your drone, check there are no unexpected incursions to your landing space and once you are sure it’s safe to land, cut back the controller’s throttle slowly.
When your drone is about an inch or two off the ground, cut the throttle and let the drone go to the ground.
You should repeat this until you have become comfortable flying off the ground and then landing gently.
We hope you’ve found this mini-guide helpful and now have an understanding of how to safely takeoff and land your aircraft.
Stay tuned for “Part 3: Hovering and Moving Around”